Many people think they need to rely on willpower to lose weight.
WILLPOWER is defined as the ability to control yourself: a strong determination that allows you to do something difficult.
But most people say that the lack of willpower is the reason why they struggle to lose weight.
As I always say that you have a bag with coins of willpower and when you take them all out of the bag there’s none left and that’s why I believe there are other things that you can do to overcome will power issue.
This is where planning and mindset come to play.
Instead of focusing on the styles, you start planning for your life. Start with getting clear on your goal – to spark your willpower to lose weight – and it’s important to make it SMART Goals, if you are not familiar, it’s an acronym which means:
S – specific
M – measurable
A – adapted
R – right for you
T – timelessly
Let’s put that into context, instead of saying “I want to lose weight” with SMART goals, you’d say I want to lose 15 lbs. (Specific & Measurable) by the 25th of April (timelessly) through Andrea’s meal planning (adapted & right for you).
I once had a client where she lost 30 lbs. in a month and a half but that’s too much, it was not good. I was not happy; she lost a lot of weight in such a short time, which is not good for her because it’s not really healthy. Make it something that is really right for you.
Always focus on the BIGGER WHY? Saying I want to lose weight so I’m heathier Is not really sexy and exciting, but if you tell me that you want to lose weight because your daughter or your grandchild or somebody you want to play and you want to be faster and run with her is more interesting and give you a stronger drive to succeed.
Once you have established your goal, it is important to plan.
Plan. Think of it in advance, if you say by April, you have to think of the things you needed to get there. What are you going to do in February or in March? How can you cut it down? Make it in smaller steps so it’s actually achievable. It’s always how do you eat an elephant? Bite by bite, right? You start with one bite. (by the way, it’s not really good to eat an elephant but you get what I’m saying right? 😊)
Start small. So today ask yourself what can you start with? Maybe you can just increase your water intake or add a little more vegetables to your meals every day. But If you have eaten your whole life at McDonald’s and you suddenly want to go for a completely healthy vegetarian lifestyle with 3 hours of exercise a day, quite honestly, you are going to FAIL because it’s too much.
Aim for 1% improvement. If you do 1% improvement after 72 days, you are going to get there 200%!
Lastly, look at the different areas and how to plan healthy habits, that’s why I have prepared the healthy planner for you.
This is not your ordinary meal planner, here’s why:
- It will help you be clear on your goals
- It allows you a weekly meal plan
- It allows you to have a handy shopping list
- It allows you to track different things
- It allows you to plan for the different habits
- Nutrition (balanced, clean, nutrients, anti-inflammatory and personalized)
- Lifestyle (sleep, water, and movement)
- Stress Management
I’d like to emphasize the last one if you are a super stressed person because stress eating is very real and a lot of people are doing that. Look into planning for stress management techniques with me and I can certainly guide you.
If you have read until this point, I’m sure you are interested to know more about my Masterclass. Don’t worry here’s the link for the video: Masterclass: Planning and Mindset to Eliminate Cravings and I am 200% sure that you will have a deeper knowledge and understanding on planning and eliminating cravings.
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